Harbor plays lead role again as Bays roll to 3-0 win

June 09, 1991|By Bill Free

Maryland Bays coach Gary Hindley said he does not want his American Professional Soccer League team to become "the Jean Harbor show at the expense of everybody else."

But Harbor put on another stunning performance last night, wittwo goals and one assist in a 3-0 victory over the Miami Freedom, putting the talented Maryland forward in the spotlight again.

Harbor was descended upon by autograph seekers and signehis name for 25 minutes before leaving the field with the Bays (6-0) at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia.

It was the 14th straight victory for Maryland.

Harbor gave the crowd of 3,028 a look at his abilities last nightexploding past the Miami defenders time after time to get off five shots for two goals and one perfect pass that led to a goal by Kevin Sloan.

"There was nothing we could do to stop him," said midfieldeJimmy McGeough of Miami (1-5). "We wanted to do anything we could to shut him down, but he capitalized on every mistake we made."

Miami coach David Irving said: "Jean Harbor was the differencin the game. Other than him, they are a fairly average team. They have some talent, but Harbor is the best player in the league now, and he has been for the past four years."

Harbor is the runaway scoring leader in the APSL with six goals and four assists in six games, and he continues to attract attention all over the country.

Bays director of marketing Emilio Pozzi said last night that U.SNational team coach Bora Milutinovich is coming to Cedar Lane Park in the next couple of months to see Harbor play. Pozzi said the Bays were going ahead with plans to pay the $1,000 it will take help Harbor become a U.S. citizen.

Once Harbor, a native of Nigeria, becomes a citizen, he will be closer to realizing his dream of playing for the United States in the 1994 World Cup.

Harbor began his scoring spree last night with a low shot frothe right corner for a goal 34 minutes into the first half for a 1-0 lead.

He made it 2-0 on speed and agility when he beat defendeKenny Borden badly along the right sideline 15 minutes into the second half.

Harbor tore past Borden and was wide open when he put a harshot into the left corner of the goal.

Harbor probably saved his best for the last Maryland goal, as hbeat two Miami defenders (Borden and Rick Iversen) to get open in the left corner and sent a crossing pass right to Sloan who converted for the goal that made it 3-0 with 26:04 left in the game.

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